U.S. plans to eliminate economic rivals through Iran sanctions: official
Through sanctions against Iran the United States is seeking to eliminate its economic rivals, particularly China and India, an Iranian Foreign Ministry official argues, MNA reported.
The comment by Ramin Mehmanparast, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, comes as the West is pushing for an oil embargo against the Islamic Republic.
Mehmanparast said however, certain Asian countries are wise enough to avoid endangering their national interests in the face of political pressure by Washington.
In an interview with ISNA published on Sunday, Mehmanparast said that countries like China, Japan, and India, which need energy to power their economy, will be the biggest rivals of the U.S.
Iran has the second largest gas resources and the fourth largest oil resources in the world. China, India, Japan, and South Korea are main buyers of Iranian oil.
Mehmanparast went on to say that sanctions on Iran cannot be implemented and the issue is only raised for propaganda purposes.
"We are not the least concerned about the U.S. sanctions, because there are enough customers for Iran's oil, and there is no problem in this regard," he said.
"Any country, which is serious about safeguarding its national interests, will not be deceived by the U.S. conspiracies," he added.